Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN, named NINA in the Philippines, has intensified further and continues moving West direction at 15 kilometres per hour (kph), with maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph and gusts of up to 255 kph.
It is expected to make landfall between 18:00-20:00 Manila time over the island of Catanduanes. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal is raised to 4 - extreme danger- over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.
After making landfall, it is forecast to continue west, crossing the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Notre, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite of Bicol and Calabarzon Regions, just south of Manila Metropolitan area.
More than 76 000 people have been evacuated in province of Albay. Thousands of travellers are stranded in Bicol sea ports, while many flights have been cancelled. Local authorities warn for risky sea travel over the seaboard of Luzon and moderate to heavy rainfall within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon. Storm surge with height of up to 2.5 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Bicol region.
ECHO is monitoring the situation and the Regional office is preparing for possible deployment in case it will be needed.